Our actions demonstrate a strong commitment to the environmental management and sustainability of the North Saskatchewan River, including the following highlights from 2017.
- The Distribution and Transmission system achieved full ISO14001 registration in 2017. The entire Edmonton Drinking Water System, including the Water Treatment Plants (WTPs), now operates under this international standard for Environmental Management Systems.
- Per capita, water use in the City of Edmonton continued to trend downward in 2017. We achieved total per capita water use of 286 litres per person per day (L/p/d) or 184 L/p/d based on domestic use only. This is well below the Alberta Urban Municipality Association water use target of 341 L/p/d by 2020.
- We once again achieved the lowest level of water loss in the distribution system with an all-time low infrastructure leakage index (ILI) of 0.90. The industry benchmark is less than 3.0.
- We also began development of a long-term plan for the Water Treatment Plants that will address anticipated growth in demand, changes in source water quality, evolving regulatory requirements and climate change driven fluctuations well into the future.
- Significant progress was made working with multiple stakeholders, including Alberta Environment and Parks, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, City of Edmonton and City of Edmonton's Drainage Services (EPCOR Drainage as of September 2017), to develop a comprehensive multi-year water quality monitoring program on the North Saskatchewan River that will provide a better assessment of source water quality and river health.